Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute recently recruited Garth Powis, who leads drug discovery and development at the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston and is considered one of the nation’s top cancer experts. Powis will start his work as the new director of the Cancer Center, which explores how and why cancer forms and spreads, on May 1. Lynn Kirkpatrick, Powis’ wife, will also relocate to La Jolla, bringing her biotech company, PHusis Therapeutics — a developer of cancer drugs.
According to the article published in U-T San Diego on Feb.13, “Sanford Burnham recruits top cancer expert,” In an email, Powis said that he accepted the job because Sanford-Burnham “has an international reputation for outstanding basic medical research and I will add the experience to apply this basic knowledge more rapidly to the treatment of patents and the personalization of therapy. The research community in San Diego is so varied and deep, with universities, research institutes, biotech companies, large pharma companies and health organizations, that the opportunities for collaboration and the rapid application of research findings to patient care are greater than I have in Texas. The can-do, entrepreneurial spirit that exists at Sanford Burnham, and in general I find throughout the San Diego research community, is also what attracts me.”
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